The Nigeria Customs Service’s Murtala Muhammed Airport Command stated it intercepted hard drugs as well as military and police equipment at the airport’s cargo sector.
On Tuesday, Customs Area Controller Sambo Dangaladima told journalists at the command in Ikeja, Lagos, that 162 cartons of illegal tramadol hydrochloride 225 and 250mg, military and police hardware were intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company.
He went on to say that the medicines originated in India and Pakistan and were transported through Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia.
Dangaladima stated that the pharmaceuticals had a duty-paid value of N13.8 billion.
“These milligrammes (225 and 250mg) are over allowed limitations under current laws,” he stated. The heavy drugs originated in India and Pakistan and were transported to Lagos via Addis Abeba.
“In summary, we have 162 cartons, 92,387 packs, 929,970 sachets, and 9,299,700 tramadol hydrochloride tablets worth N13.8 billion.”
He said that the command would hand over the seized substances to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The customs boss said 309 pieces of military helmets, 106 pieces of military armless jackets, 352 pieces of ballistic body armoured pads, and 119 pieces of police badges were also intercepted by the command.
Others are five pieces of bullet-proof jackets, 33 pieces of body side ballistic pads, and 105 pieces of ballistic chest plates.
“The suspect connected to this importation could not provide the end user certificate which is the lawful prerequisite for such importation. We have detained the suspects and the military wares, while investigation is ongoing.
“We are very mindful of the fact that 2023 is an election year in Nigeria; the inflow of traffic of these hard drugs that induce our youths to do extraordinary things (when taken) are bound to increase,” he added.
Meanwhile, the command stated that it generated N69bn between January and December 2022.
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